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The Sun eternal breaks -
THE PAUPER'S DEATH-BED. – Mrs. Southey.
Expulsive Orotund. Expulsive orotund appropriately belongs to earnest and vehement declamation, to impassioned emotion-and therefore to any language uttered in the form of shouting.
Examples. “Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote! It is true, indeed, that, in the beginning, we aimed not at independence. But there is a Divinity which shapes our ends. The injustice of England has driven us to arms; and, blinded to her own interest for our good, she has obstinately persisted, till independence is now within our grasp. We have but to reach forth to it, and it is ours. Why, then, should we defer the Declaration? Is any man so weak as now to hope for a reconciliation with England, which shall leave either safety to the country and its liberties, or safety to his own life, and his own honor? Are not you, Sir, who sit in that chair,- is not he, our venerable colleague near you,—are not both already proscribed and predestined objects of punishment and of vengeance? Cut off from all hope of royal clemency, what are you, what can you be, while the power of England remains, but outlaws?” — Supposed SPEECH OF JOHN ADAMS. Webster.
“ The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the North will bring to our ear the sound of clashing arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that Gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others · may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death !” – Patrick Henry.
“Ye crags and peaks, I'm with you once again!
How high you lift your heads into the sky!
WILLIAM TELL. — Sheridan Knowles.
“I scorn you that ye wail,
“For, O ye heavens, ye are my witnesses,
White angels in your niches, I repent, —
Lucifer's Curse, in DRAMA OF Exile.— Mrs. Browning.
Explosive Orotund. . Explosive orotund is the language of intense passion : it is heard when the violence of emotion is beyond the control of the will, evidencing a sudden ecstasy of terror, anger, or any other form of overpowering excitement. Being heard only in the extremes of abrupt emotion, it admits of no gradations.
CHILDE HAROLD.- Byron.
Cinna, in Julius CÆSAR.
“Some to the common pulpits! and cry out
Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement!” — Cassius.— Ibid. “Up! comrades up ! - in Rokeby's halls
Ne'er be it said our courage falls !” — ROKERY.— Scott.
“Now Spirits of the Brave, who roam
Enfranchised through yon starry dome,
THE GHEBER'S BLOODY GLEN. — Moore.
“I tore them from their bonds; and cried aloud,
O that these hands could so redeem my son,
Constance, in KING Joan.
“I am not mad— I would to heaven I were!
For then 't is like I should forget myself;
“ Alas, what need you be so boisterous-rough?
I will not struggle, I will stand stone-still.
Arthur, in King JOHN.
“ An hour passed on — the Turk awoke;
That bright dream was his last;
And death-shots falling thick and fast
Bozzaris cheer his band :
MARCO BOZZARIS. — Fitz Greene Halleck.
Aspiration is used in the absence of vocal sound; it is an expulsion of the breath, more or less strong, the words being spoken in a whisper. It may be applied to syllables of every variety of time, to all mođes of stress, and to all intervals of intonation. Its use is to unite with the other functions of the voice, to give increased intensity to the utterance of the various emotions. It gives an air of mystery; it expresses excessive earnestness, contempt, scorn, rage, wonder, incomprehensibility. In connection with the semitone, it gives intensity to the plaintiveness of distress; and when the tremulous movement is superadded to the aspirated semitone, it will mark the deepest shade of sadness and grief within the limits of crying.
And the white rose weeps, She is late;'
Garden Song, in Maud. — Tennyson.
“Ah! then and there was hurrying to and fro,
And gathering tears, and tremblings of distress,
If ever more should meet those mutual eyes,
“ And there was mounting in hot haste: the steed
The mustering squadron, and the clattering car,